“R.L.K. and Company, Operator of Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, has purchased the iconic Summit Ski Area in Government Camp, Oregon. Included in the sale is Snow Bunny, a snow play area and parking lot, approximately 1.5 miles east of Government Camp. Both Summit Ski Area and Snow Bunny will operate under a special use permit issued by the Mount Hood National Forest, USDA Forest Service.
Established in 1927, Summit Ski Area is the second oldest continuously operating ski area in the United States and the oldest ski area in the Pacific Northwest. In 1959 a T-bar was installed and in 1966 the present lodge was constructed. In 1980 the current 2,300 feet long chairlift was built, providing access to approximately 3.5 miles of trails. Summit’s base elevation is approximately 4,400 ft.” – Press Release
Timberline Lodge announced plans to purchase Summit Ski Area last week. They hope the move will not only increase their following but they also hope by combining the two entities they will be able to better tackle parking pains and the growing crowds from a booming PDX metro area.
This is huge news for the Pacific Northwest ski industry and Lift Blog is already speculating as to whether a new possible gondola will be proposed soon. One thing is for sure, Timberline will be a good step up for the learning crowd at Summit Ski Area.
Find the entire release here: Timberline Lodge & Ski Area Purchases Summit Ski Area